Collection location: Red Top Mountain, Bartow Co., Georgia, USA [Click for map]
I found two different species of Pluteus the other day, one had a darker pileus, the other a lighter colored one. They both fruited at the same time and both were in shady areas with no sun, this observation is going to be the first collection with the darker pilei, and are larger in size.
Note the fibrils on the pileus, abundant on this species, also note the darker color of the cap.
I thought this was Pluteus cervinus, which I have collected many times, but the size and color are not the same as all the collections I have made of P. cervinus. I have always seen P. cervinus with a brownish colored cap, these appeared to have more of a bluish tint to the cap. I could just be looking into things to hard, but I have hunted this area almost everyday for more than ten years and am familiar with the species that grow here. I have seen young P. cervinus with dark colored caps but not at this age.
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[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:58:11 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Bartow County (Red Top Mountain), Georgia’ to ‘Red Top Mountain, Bartow Co., Georgia, USA’
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These two were from the same stump.
I would try to cultivate this one when you figure out what it is…being it is so large and thick compared to regular Pluteus cervinus,
Pluteus magnus supposed to have dark cap, also thicker and more wrinkled.
(1)Are these four pictures of the exact same specimen (they are slight different color)
(2) what kind of wood was it growing on? (if conifer then it is probably Pluteus pouzarianus)
I think this is what I have been calling Pluteus magnus but if you have a microscope you can look for horned cystidia which would point to P. cervinus.see http://mushroomobserver.org/name/show_name_description/39?q=RDg
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